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Last time I posted was on Wednesday, just before using my new Ventilator.

The first night was pretty rough. It kept beeping every few minutes, which meant i got almost no sleep that night. The next day was pretty much a write-off.
I went out for about an hour to try to wake up, but it didn’t really help.

Later that night, I had a surprise visit from two friends of mine, Ashley & Cedric.
They both used to look after me for awhile, and we’ve stayed friends. My Wife & I even attended their Wedding a few years ago, which was pretty fun.
Anyways, I hung out with them for about an hour, which woke me up, and cheered me up.

Thanks guys

I was pretty tired by the time I went to Bed, so I slept like a baby.

Personally, I never understood that saying.
Babies poop, pee, and usually cry & scream at night. I don’t cry & scream, but ok whatever.

Anyways, the next day, I stayed home, but hung out with my Wife that night.

Saturday was a very busy day for us, but we had a blast.

Our first stop was Expresso Cafe, so I could grab an Espresso.
From there, we headed to La Petite Mort Gallery, which is a small Art Gallery in Ottawa.
They’re running an Exhibit, and my Wife knows one of the featured Artists.

Things got interesting.
A few days ago, I emailed the Gallery to see if they were Wheelchair Accessible.
The guy said they had a Ramp, but it was stored in the Basement, and to let them know when I was coming, and they’d get it out.

Well, they put the Ramp out for me when we arrived. It looked pretty steep though, and I didn’t want to try.
The Guy brought out two Sculptures which were made by my Wife’s friend.
One happened to be a Penis, and the other one was a Vagina. So there I was in the middle of the Sidewalk with a Penis & a Vagina on my tray. The whole time, we’re just talking away about them.

After a few minutes, we headed off.
Special thanks to the people at La Petite Mort Gallery for showing me those pieces.

From there, my Wife and I went into a few Stores in the Market on our way to get Gelato.

After the Gelato, we headed to the Rideau Centre for a bit.
My Wife bought me a Starbucks Card, and put $10 on it.

We headed home for a bit to rest up before we headed to the Greekfest.

We arrived there shortly before The Zorba Show.
The Zorba Show is where people dance, break plates and glasses while getting drunk on Ouzo, which is Greek Booze.
I should also mention that part of the show involves them dancing in the middle of a fire circle.
It’s insane!

Speaking of Ouzo, I had three shots of it, and it’s pretty good, perhaps too good.

After the show, they invited everyone to dance, and sure enough we did.

At one point, I got stuck in the middle of a dance circle, so I just started dancing while I was in it. I wish I got that on Video though. It was pretty funny.

Trying to dance while driving a 500 pound Wheelchair is pretty hard, especially after having three shots of Ouzo, but I managed to avoid running anyone over.

We headed home awhile later, but we had a blast though.
OPA!

As for today, I had Coffee with my Wife. She tried to make Espresso with her Espresso Maker, but it tasted more like Coffee. It was still pretty good.

After that, I did Laundry.
Tonight, I’m heading out to watch WWE Summerslam.

As for this Week, besides the Meeting on Tuesday Morning, no real plans.
My Sister & Nephew arrive on Thursday, but I probably won’t see them until Saturday Morning.

I might go to the Ex on Thursday. The Ex is our annual Fair.

That’s about it.

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So yesterday, I started the day with having Coffee with my Wife.
We watched some of the Festivities from Parliament Hill on CBC TV.

For some reason, the Queen looked PISSED off.
My theory was she didn’t like having to sit through French Singers, which included Natives doing Hip-Hop.
Trust me, I’d be mad too.

After I finished my Coffee, I headed off downtown.
I got stuck for thirty minutes right in front of Parliament Hill.
The Queen was giving her speech right at that moment.

After I got passed that, I still had about 10,000 other people to deal with.
It isn’t easy driving a 500 pound Powered Wheelchair with that many people around, I managed to avoid running over anyone.

By the time, I made it to the Rideau Centre, I really had to pee.
I headed to the Bathroom to do my Business, and I see a guy who used to serve me Coffee daily.
So we started chatting while guys were coming in & out, and probably wondering what the hell was going on.
Luckily, I had zipped up by then.
It was good to see him though.

From there, I headed to the Market, down Rideau Street, up Rideau to Sparks.
By this time, it started raining, so I heading home for a little while.

I met up with my Wife about an hour later at the Jazz Festival.
We checked out Elliot Brood, and they were pretty good actually.

We headed home after that, so my Wife could eat, and I could relax.
It started getting windy & cool outside.
I didn’t want to have a repeat of what happened last Saturday, so I spent a nice Evening with my Wife.

As for heading, I’ll be heading downtown in a little while to hopefully have Gelato with my Wife.

Tomorrow night, we’re heading out to see The Last Airbender.
It looks like an awesome Movie, and it’s in 3D.

Have a good Weekend, and Happy July 4th to all Americans out there.

First of all, I’d like to wish all of the Canadians a Happy Canada Day.

So, with today being Canada Day, I figured that I’d share some of my favorite memories of Canada Day.

Let’s start when I was a Kid.

As most of you know, I lived at the Childrens Hospital Of Eastern Ontario. Some of you also know that I spent the first six years in ICU.
At the time, ICU didn’t have any windows, so I wasn’t able to see Fireworks until I was at least six years old.

It was a big event for me.
Not only would I get to see Fireworks, but I also got to stay up late too.

I watched the show on CBC before they started, and suddenly I heard BOOM!
I started crying because I had no idea they’d be so loud.
I went to one of the big windows to watch it with the other kids.
After awhile, I calmed down, and thought they were beautiful.

A few Years later, or something is when my next story takes place.

One Year, my Mom took me to my Dad’s Office to watch the Fireworks.
We had a great view because he worked downtown.
At some point, I had to pee.
Normally, when I pee, I just whip it out and piss into a small Urinal that sits between my legs. Sexy eh?
As it turned out, my Mom forgot to pack it.
We couldn’t find any Cups or jugs that would work, so I ended up peeing into a Rubber Glove.

As if it wasn’t embarassing enough having my Mom help me pee, she also had to hold a Rubber Glove to my Crotch while I peed.

Luckily, everything worked out, and we enjoyed the Fireworks.

So, my next favorite one happened about six years ago.
I had just started talking to my now Wife, and had recently met.
She wasn’t able to be here for Canada Day that year, so I decided to one last hurrah.

I headed to a Bar in the Market, which had turned its Parking Lot into a huge Bar, complete with a Stage.
Lucky for me, the Stage had a ramp.
After a few Beers, I decided that I needed to get on the Stage. So, I started going up the ramp.
Well I tried to, at least.

I got stuck halfway up because the ramp was really steep.
I asked my Attendant to help me up.
We tried again, but something else happened.

My leg had fallen off the side of my Chair. Whenever we tried going up the ramp, my foot kept getting sandwiched between the ramp, and my Chair.
I started yelling, but my Attendant couldn’t hear me.
Eventually, we made it up on Stage, and I started dancing on Stage.
At that point, all was fine, until I went pee.

The Bar had set up Port-O-Potties, but I couldn’t fit inside. I peed outside, which was understood, but my Attendant decided to do the same.
He got caught, and they kicked us both out.
As for my leg, I woke up the next day to it being black & blue.
I thought I broke it, but luckily I didn’t.

My next & last memory that I’ll share here happened a few years ago.
My Wife & I were near Parliament Hill watching the Fireworks.
Suddenly, the Battery for my Ventilator started beeping just as the Fireworks began.

So picture this…

Most people had started running down the Street towards the Fireworks.
We were running away from them, and for some reason, screaming and yelling.
People were looking at us like we had done Acid and thought we were being attacked.

We made it home safe & sound.

So as you can see, I’ve had some crazy times on Canada Day. No matter what, I always make it a point of seeing the Fireworks.

I guess in a way, it reminds me of the first time I saw them.

All those Years ago, back in the Hospital.

Happy Canada Day!

Despite the title, this isn’t a post about my sex life.

I know it’s been awhile since my last post.
I have alot to say, so let’s get to it.

So last Saturday, it was crappy outside, so I stayed home.
Later that day, I spent the Evening with my Wife.

Luckily, the next day was beautiful, so we took full advantage of it.

We started off by heading Downtown to check out a Cafe that my Wife heard about.
The place is called Xpresso, and it’s right behind the Metro Grocery Store on Rideau Street.
It’s a pretty nice place, but the pictures on their Website make it look bigger than it is.
The Bathroom is Wheelchair Accessible, they also sell my favorite Beer, and their Espresso’s pretty good.
They also have TVs everywhere.
On Thursdays, they have live Music, so I plan on checking that out at least once this Summer.
If you’re in Ottawa, I suggest you check it out.

If you go, tell them Ryan sent you. They’ll have no idea who the hell you’re talking about, but it might be funny.

So after that, we went Shopping.
Now, as most Married Men know, Shopping with your Wife or sig other is never as quick or easy as we envision.

By the time we were done, it was time for me to go home for a bit.
About thirty minutes later, we headed back out, and walked down by the River.
We just walked around, took pictures of the scenery, and then headed home.
It was nice & romantic.

Monday was my big appointment for my new Wheelchair.
This is the day that I’d get to take a loaner Chair home to try it out.
Before I did that, I got transferred from my old Chair to a bed, so they could transfer my seat to the other Chair.
From there, I got put back into the new Chair, and all set up so I could try out the new Joystick.

At first, I had a hard time driving it because it was too fast, and it kept tipping backwards. I also kept running into things.
After a few minor adjustments, I tried it again, and it went much better.

Later that day, I went to the park to try it out in a wide opened space.
Everything kept getting easier, plus I’m typically a quick learner.

Originally, I was just gonna try it until Thursday, but I was unable to get to my Appointment.
As of now, I’m not sure when I’ll be returning it.
I wish I could try it out for the whole Summer while the paperwork’s being processed, but I doubt it.

On Wednesday, I co-taught a Workshop about Stand-Up Comedy.
This was for people with various Mental Disorders, which made things interesting.

We started off with six people.

One person decided to draw instead of taking notes.
One person became agitated/uncomfortable and decided to leave.
Another person kept coming & going, but eventually stayed.
We ended up having 5 people left by the time it ended.

All in all, it was an interesting experience.
I hope to do it again eventually.

I got home around 1:35 pm.
Little did I know, my day was about to become more interesting.

At 1:41 pm, as I was heading back out to get an Espresso, an Earthquake happened, and it was big, at least for this Area.
My Wife called to see if I was ok, and luckily, everything was ok. Nothing fell or broke.
Her Office Building was being evacuated.

From there, I headed out to try to find her.
I just had this sense that she needed me, and I wanted to be there for her.
Sadly, I couldn’t find her though.
I guess I’ll never make the cover of a cheesy Romance Novel.

There were TONS of people standing around outside because every Office Building Downtown got evacuated.
After awhile, I gave up looking for her & tried to get an Espresso, but most places were closed due to the Quake.
I came across Tim Horton’s, and managed to get a Coffee.

I headed home, & my Wife called soon after that.
She bought me an Espresso, which was damn good.
So at that point, I had half a Cup of Coffee, plus an Espresso.
Since I got up at 8, I needed them both.

We were supposed to go to the Jazz Festival that night, but it rained.
Instead, we ended up having a nice quiet Evening together.

Thursday was a Holiday for French people, so I was able to spend part of the day with my Wife.
We had Espresso, and really delicious Chocolates.

As of now, no real plans this Weekend besides seeing my Mom before she leaves for a Month.

Sorry that this post was so long, but I hope you enjoyed reading it.

On WednesdayNight, I went to see Iron Man 2, and it was awesome!
Not quite as good as the first one, but it’s a close call actually.

It rained off/on all day on Wednesday.
When the Movie was over, there was a downpour going on.
Luckily, I had a ride on Para Transpo, but I still had to get on the Bus.
I decided to put on my Poncho, which made me look like a HUGE Condom or the Bubble Boy.
By the time I got home, the rain had stopped.

Thursday Afternoon was spent trying out my new Wheelchair Controls.
For those unaware, the ones I have now are called Proximity Switches.
Basically, I can just tap the buttons and off I go.
The new Control, if all goes well, will be a single piece.
I’ll be using a Joystick with my thumb.

I had a few problems while testing it out, but next Week, I’ll be able to try it out for a whole Week. I’m hoping that it goes well and it all works out.

After my Appointment, I headed Downtown, and had a Beer on a Patio.
There was a HUGE Crane in front of us, and my Waitress told me about a show that involved people drumming high up in the air.
A few minutes later, the show started and it was pretty cool.

Apparently they’re performing again this Weekend, but you gotta pay, and frankly, that’s just not happening.

Have a good Weekend everyone.

Before I begin, I just wanna say that I spent a few hours last night with my Wife & I saw her this morning before she headed to the Train Station. Also, she said that I can watch America’s Got Talent that I recorded on Wednesday Night. Once I see it, I’ll post the results here and see if my votes counted. I’ll probably watch it either tonight or tomorrow.

Alright, so how many of you remember the big blackout of 2003?
I certainly do.

I’ve posted this story at least once before on here, but alot of new people are coming to this blog lately, so I’ll write about it again.

It was around 4 PM on August 2003. I decided that I was gonna do Laundry. I gathered all my stuff and headed to the Basement. I had just put my Clothes in the Washer when the room went pitch black. Luckily, I hadn’t started the Washer yet. The blackout started at 4:15 PM.

I headed into the hallway and hoped that the Elevators would work. Luckily, I managed to get back to my place. I stayed home for a few minutes, then decided to head out. I wanted to see how people were adjusting to it and what it was like around downtown Ottawa during this.

As I headed outside, I passed by my best friend. (R.I.P. Chris Puddy)
We spoke for a few minutes and I asked him if he wanted to come along, but he said no. I remember saying as I left, “I don’t know what’s gonna happen or what I’ll see, but either way, I’ll see you on the other side of this”.

With that said, I headed downtown to The Byward Market to see what was going on. By the time I got down there, most places were either closed or closing up. It was very bizarre for me driving my Wheelchair down the Street and not seeing traffic lights. I saw Cops and even normal Citizens directing traffic.

When we arrived at the Market, a Woman from CBC stopped me for an interview. She wanted to know how I was coping with the Blackout and how it affected me. At this point, it didn’t really bother me. I wish she had stuck around cause the story was about to get a whole lot more interesting.

I headed to (then called) the Chateau Laurier Hotel to use the bathroom. At this point, I was starting to worry about my Battery on my Ventilator. The Manager of the Hotel saw me and asked if I needed a ride to the Hospital.

A little while later, Para Transpo arrived and they took me to the Hospital, so I could get plugged in. I arrived and they put a face mask on me, which annoyed me.

A few hours later, my Battery died, so they gave me a bed in the ER. As time went on, I started getting tired, so I tried to sleep.

It was hard enough dozing off with all the alarms going off. Just as I closed my eyes, they decided to ship out everyone who were just there using the power.

At 3 AM, a Para Transpo van had arrived to take us to a Community Centre in Orleans. Orleans is about a 30 minute drive from the Hospital. So here I was, in a van with strangers, barreling down the highway after 3 AM.

We arrived at our destination just before 3:30 AM and we wanted to sleep. This time, they gave us Cots to sleep in. Sleeping on a Cot when you’re disabled isn’t the best idea in the World. I was extremely uncomfortable and my back was starting to hurt.

At this point, I had given up on the idea of sleep. I just wanted to go home and sleep in my own bed.

At 9 AM, I heard that power was slowly returning to people living downtown. I hopped on a Bus & returned to the comfort of my home and my bed.

Needless to say, I slept for the rest of the day.

Thanks for reading,

Not a whole lot happened last night. My Wife was busy cleaning her place before she goes away this weekend.

I figured today that I’d answer some questions that I get asked often or just things people wonder about me.

So here are some questions that people ask me or wonder about. (probably)

Are you actually disabled?

BS Answer: No, I’m just really freakin lazy, and I’m in it for the chicks and the SWEET parking spots.

Truth: Yes, I was born on January 4th, 1975 with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Nemaline Myopathy. Muscular Dystrophy kills muscle cells. There’s various forms of NM and it affects people differently. My form affects my lungs, which renders me unable to breathe, so I use a Ventilator to breathe. I’m also unable to walk and other various things.

Is it true that you lived in a Hospital for 19 years?

BS Answer: No, I just tell that to people to see if they’re paying attention.

Truth: I lived at the Childrens Hospital Of Eastern Ontario from 1975-1994, which is infact, 19 years. When I was born, they only gave me a year to live. I lived in ICU from 1975-1981 and then got transferred to a School Aged Ward with kids who WEREN’T in Comas. I made a shitload of friends, but sadly, many of them died due to various illnesses. When the time came near that I was getting too old to be there, they asked me if I wanted to live in a Group Home or another Hospital. I chose a third option, to live on my own. On March 16th, 1994, I moved into my own Apartment with 24 hour care. At the time, I was the first person on a Ventilator to attempt it. I’m proud to say that I’m still on my own, 15 years later.

Can you speak?

BS Answer: No, I just blink & grunt when someone pisses me off.

Truth: Of course, I can speak. It can sometimes be really hard to understand me. I sound like a cross between Eric Cartman & Darth Vader. I can ONLY speak when it’s giving me a breath and that’s why I pause when I speak. Just be patient with me and don’t worry about asking me to repeat myself. I’d prefer you hear & understand me, instead of being misunderstood.

Can you have sex?

BS Answer: No, disabled people can’t have sex, should never even think about sex, or even date. If they do date, the other person MUST be disabled.

Truth: I can have sex & I abosolutely LOVE sex. The best part is that I don’t have to stop to breathe. For the record, my Wife is able bodied.

Are you married?

BS Answer: No, I sit on a street corner begging to show my penis for $1.

Truth: Yes, technically, I’m married, but not by law. Due to the type of funding that I recieve, I’m unable to marry or live with her.

Do you have any Tattoos or Piercings?

BS Answer: No, I refuse to experess myself. Tattoos are evil and my body is a Temple.

Truth: I have 5 Tattoos. My tattoos are lightning bolt on left bicep, barbwire around left wrist, chain link around my right wrist, pot leaf below left knee shaped like the Canadian Flag, and below it, it says OH CANABIS, and chinese wording which means unique, on my lower right leg. I want to get at least one more one day.

Are you Mentally Challenged?

BS Answer: Yes, I personally think I’m the King of Siam and Birds are out to get me.

Truth: While some people would argue that I am, I’m in fact NOT Mentally Challenged.

Is it true that you did Stand-Up Comedy?

BS Answer: No, I sat outside The Salvation Army for two years yelling at people. It was GOLD, baby!

Truth: Yes, I did Stand-Up Comedy for two years at Yuk Yuk’s and other local venues from 2006-2008.

Why don’t you do it anymore?

BS Answer: Too many people started throwing shit at me and I kept forgetting to wear a Helmet for protection.

Truth: Long story short, there’s no more Wheelchair Accessible Comedy Clubs in Ottawa, including the main one I performed at. Yuk Yuk’s changed locations and it’s no longer Wheelchair Accessible.

Do you miss it?

BS Answer: No, I make others laugh. Mostly old people when I run them over.

Truth: Honestly, I miss certain aspects of it like making people laugh. However, I don’t miss the politics of it or the brown nosing involved. I do plan to return someday/ somehow, but it’ll be done on MY terms. Believe me, the curtain hasn’t closed yet.

What do you do for fun these days?

BS Answer: I sit home all day and think about myself in a different City or Country, while I hold a Gun to my head.

Truth: During the day, I usually take care of business, making phone calls, emailing people, and taking care of my life. In between that, I’m usually on Twitter or Facebook, or just surfing the web. I spend alot of time outdoors in the Summer doing various things. I also enjoy watching TV, listening to music, watching movies. The time that I have left over is usually spent with my Wife.

Aren’t you that guy I see everywhere in Ottawa, such as the Market, downtovn, Sparks Street etc etc.

BS Answer: No, that’s my Twin Brother, Juan.

Truth: Yup, if you’re from Ottawa, and you’re downtown often, you’ve probably seen me, especially in the Summer. So, if you see me around in person, don’t be shy to approach me. I like knowing that you’ve seen me or you read my blog.

Are you a happy person?

BS Answer:
No, I’m a very angry, bitter person, and I hate my life.

Truth: I’m generally a very happy, easy-going, laid back type of person. While it’s no secret that I’ve had my ups & downs in life, the same can be said about pretty much anyone reading this. I have a good life, a great Wife. I also believe that OJ used a knife. How’s that for rhyming skills?

Well, that’s it for now.
If any of you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through here, or by email, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Perhaps I’ll even do another Q & A post in the future.

Thanks for reading.